March 03, 2015

How bad is anti-Semitism on university campuses? A shocking new documentary exposes the hatred

Rebel Staff

A new documentary uploaded to the Jerusalem University YouTube channel exposes the harsh reality of extreme antisemitism on university campuses.

Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus uses its 30-minute run-time to great effect, citing incidents from universities in New York, California, Michigan and even an anti-Israel rally in Alberta, Canada.

Aviva Slomich, who is campus director for the Committee on Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, claims university professors, especially tenured ones, project their anti-Israel stance onto students.

To back this up, a 2011 video clip of Professor Dennis Sullivan of Northeastern University praising the terrorist organization Hamas for “great healthcare and kindergartens” is shown. Sullivan goes on to say “Hamas doesn't recognize Israel. So what?”

Speakers in the video say students are often afraid to speak up because they believe their grades will suffer if they do.

A good portion of the video showcases how Zionism has become a proxy for antisemitism.

A guest-speaker at the University of California in Irvine disqualifies a two-state solution at an anti-Israel rally. “Two state solution is off the table. No. One state. Check this out -- one state, majority rules: Us, the Muslims,” he says to chants of "Allahu Akbar."

“Israel is a colonial project that does not have the right to exist. The Zionist state of Israel is in itself a crime against humanity,” says a speaker at a rally in Oakland, California.

Chloe Valdary, a pro-Israel activist at the University of New Orleans explains how buzzwords are used to further demonize Israel. Using the words "racism" and "Zionism" together ad nauseam subconsciously links the two. This way, students who have not done any research on the topics have a preconcieved notion in their head associating Zionism with racism.

Professor Robert Wistrich, Head of Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism calls the comparison to Nazi Germany "the most grotesque of all." He calls it "so twisted, so repulsive and yet commonplace."

Watch the video below and see for yourself just how one-sided things have become on university campuses when it comes to Israel.

SOUND OFF in the comments: Do you think antisemitism is a growing problem on university campuses?

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commented 2015-11-19 15:51:01 -0500
I’m heartbroken. We’ve passed the tipping point!
commented 2015-03-04 19:53:35 -0500
I’m baffled how so many, both students and faculty, can check their brains at the door and embrace this kind of evil ideology. Hitler was right about one thing: If you want people to believe a lie, tell a big one and tell it load and often. But it still baffles me how supposedly intelligent people can run with and idea without checking the facts; mob mentality I suppose. I don’t know. But I fear it will get much worse before it gets better.
commented 2015-03-03 17:50:38 -0500
Wow … I knew it was getting bad, but I didn’t think it was getting this bad!
commented 2015-03-03 14:57:01 -0500
The foolish, blind, naive, ignorant left in all their ludicrous political correctness increased the number of islamist at OUR universities, as a result, included with the blindness and stupidity that comes with left wing thinking, there is now a hate fest component at OUR universities, that is the islamist, they hate anyone that doesn’t flow their demonic doctrine, the koran and have a special hate on for the Jewish people of the world, which they hide behind for a hate on for Israel. They encourage and practice the worst form of races, anti-semitism. They should not be allowed around OUR universities, period.
commented 2015-03-03 14:39:56 -0500
I agree, Rodger. I think documentaries more from the right were severely missing from CBC’s lineup. I’d like the Rebel to promote and show clips from this festival, for example.
commented 2015-03-03 14:28:59 -0500
I love that can now just directly link to interesting documentaries like this and get them out to people.
commented 2015-03-03 14:24:00 -0500
Interesting video that pandered too much to emotion (I felt so bad when those students did that, etc.). The real problem is that students are missing out on facts about the Middle East. Perhaps a course on the Middle East or fair debating should start in high schools to better equip students in college for some of the things they will hear later. The boycott academics campaign was insane!
commented 2015-03-03 12:01:15 -0500
Yes it has and it should be of no surprise to anyone. Read the following New York Times article about an organization called Stormfront.

The article states in part, “Stormfront was founded in 1995 by Don Black, a former Ku Klux Klan leader. Its most popular “social groups” are “Union of National Socialists” and “Fans and Supporters of Adolf Hitler.” Over the past year, according to Quantcast, roughly 200,000 to 400,000 Americans visited the site every month… Stormfront members tend to be young, at least according to self-reported birth dates. The most common age at which people join the site is 19. And four times more 19-year-olds sign up than 40-year-olds. Internet and social network users lean young, but not nearly that young.”

In my research for a letter back in the early 2000’s, I came upon a website entitled with its logo “White Pride, World Wide”. The website had an article entitled, “The Four Major Values Lacking in Western Governments” with the third value stating in part, “We should practice a Darwinistic philosophy that embraces quality over equality, fitness over weakness. Inequality is an iron law of nature. We therefore have two enemies – Christianity and egalitarianism…”
Clearly based on the New York Times article above they have more then two enemies.

This websites self centered, irrational, perverted logic is not as uncommon as one would think in our society and is the bases for the growing acceptance of racism, abortion, euthanasia, cloning and mandated medical intervention where adults and vulnerable children are knowingly sacrificed to permanent disability or death, for the so called “greater good”.

Indeed as C.S. Lewis states in a letter to Capt. Bernard Acworth in 1951, “What inclines me now to think you may be right in regarding [evolution] as the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives is not so much your arguments against it as the fanatical and twisted attitudes of its defenders”.
commented 2015-03-03 10:43:18 -0500
All groups and professors of any university that preach hate against any group should be kicked out of the schools.
commented 2015-03-03 10:07:25 -0500
Much of this racism is a direct result of the massive Muslim immigration that has poured into the Western World in the past 20 years. This never happened back in the 80’s or 90’s. Even professors were hesitant to voice their leftist bigotry and hatred of all things Jewish on campus in fear of being labelled as racists but today they can spew their hatred with the full support of these various “student” organizations. It is only a short time period before we start to see organized violence sweeping these universities in an attempt to “cleanse” the campuses of the Jewish presence.
commented 2015-03-03 09:45:01 -0500
Anti-semitism has been a problem on campuses including in Canada for at least the past 15 years.

When I taught at Brock University in 2001, a campus cop openly promoted genocide of the Jews, the MSA blocked your path in campus hallways, shoved photos of mutilated babies in your face and demanded you sign petitions to boycott Israel, and after 3 men assaulted me on campus one evening, police told me it was no longer safe for me to go on campus without a police escort. Police spoke with one of the men involved, called him a terrorist, but made no arrest and in fact, told me to leave town.

Around the same time, Daniel Pipes encountered huge threats to his life when he tried to speak at York University; he had to have a large police escort.

And Irshad Manje had to have 24/7 police protection after she published “The Trouble with Islam” and in fact, had to leave Canada for the USA because it was safer there than in Canada.

So yeah, antisemitism is a big problem on campuses and in society generally in the west. You literally risk your safety every time you speak out in support of Israel, every time you defend a Jew.

We need to organize to fight back. Queens U. was the first university to hire a Jewish professor after WWII. We need more pro-Israel tenured professors on campus speaking out for Israel and against the anti-semites. Maybe our government needs to favour universities that promote a pro-Israel voice to balance diversity and our police should perhaps be rewarded only for enforcing hate speech law equitably instead of how they apply law now, which is to enforce for the interests of criminal anti-semites.

And more rallies. More protests. More organized resistance. More rebellion … :-)

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